Lonely Planet Writer

Scotland’s gin spa is open and it’s every gin-lover’s dream

Few drinks have had the meteoric rise to popularity in recent years that gin has, so it’s unsurprising that some people are looking for more ways to consume it. If a gin in each hand just isn’t enough, you need to head to the Gin Spa in Glasgow.

Yes, those are gin bottles to get you in the mood. Photo by the Gin Spa

Sadly (for some of us) you do not bathe in gin and tonic. However, the spa does take inspiration from botanical ingredients from some of the world’s finest gins, using a customised, natural range of products that are designed to boost an area of your choice; happiness, activity, energy, detoxing or tranquility.

If you thought it was going to be completely teetotal however, worry not. Each treatment (apart from a file and polish) include both a welcoming afternoon tea and a gin and tonic from their drink trolley, plus some aromatherapy chocolate designed to compliment your treatment.

Be honest, this is what you came for. Photo by the Gin Spa

All spa packages also include a glass of prosecco but if you’d like to go all out, there’s a Twilight Tasting package, which includes both an arrival gin drink and a five course gin-inspired tasting menu.

If you’re unsure about whether it will be fine enough for the gin connoisseur in your life, rest assured that it’s run by the same team behind Gin71, a chain of dedicated gin bars in Scotland. In fact, one branch is just next door at Merchant’s City, meaning you can continue your botanical experience as soon as you step out of the treatment room.

Just something to whet the appetite. Photo by Sjo

Glasgow’s Gin Spa launched just last December but already has gathered nothing but rave five-star reviews on social media, with punters praising both the attentive staff and the “generous” gin and tonic refreshments.